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There's a lot of deities out there. Priests and cultists are always trying to find more recruits to join their religion. With more followers comes more power for your god. It's a race for not just the souls of those in the cult, but for everyone. That's what you'll be doing in Cult, the new board game from Cryptozoic that's up on Kickstarter now.
I don't know what happens after we die. I don't know if there's any god or gods out there in the universe, watching. But if you're part of a cult, you're pretty sure there is. But what god do you follow? That's the first choice you need to make in Cult: Choose Your God Wisely, a new board game coming to Kickstarter from Cryptozoic and Idrology. It will launch next week on the 28th.
Yeah, I know, it's a funny headline, but it's what we've got. Cryptozoic has posted up a preview of the games that they will be previewing at New York Toy Fair 2018 (which is less than a week away). They'll have two Rick and Morty games, two DC Deck-Building sets, and a pair of standalone board games.
I had really thought about making the headline, "Cryptozoic announces the arrival of The Arrival" but decided against it. Still, obviously I made it the opening to the post. Anyway, The Arrival puts players in control of a Tribe, and they are looking to gain more territory in ancient Ireland from the other Tribes, as well as the demon-like Fomori. It was originally a limited release at Essen, but the rest of us can now get a hold of the game.
Well, this game's name is at least a bit shorter than what Cryptozoic has been putting out lately. This time around, they take on Teen Titans Go! with a new Deck-Building game, appropriately titled the Teen Titans Go! Deck-Building Game (one thing you have to say, you know exactly what you're getting when you read that name). So grab a cup of hot salad water and get ready to fight!
You know... I don't think anyone makes games with names as long as Cryptozoic does. Full disclosure, I'm copy/pasting that name in this article. I've got to much to do to type out Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh every time I want to mention Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh. I mean, there's just so many words in Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh, that if I were to simply type out Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Melee at Murdershroom Marsh every time, that'd be the second half of my day!
Anyway, the expansion's coming later this month.
Comic books are filled with confrontations. I mean, it wouldn't be all that interesting if Superman just went to work as Clark Kent, had a standard day where nothing happened, and then went home at night. Not really thrilling. So you've got supervillains and even rogue superheroes and all other sorts of things going on. If you want to play some of those out on your tabletop, especially as a group effort, you can check out the new expansion for the DC Deck-Building Game. It's called, appropriately enough, Confrontations. It's due out in just under 2 weeks.
Cryptozoic: Home of the really long game names. O,o
But that's what happens when you team up with some cool licensed properties. In this case, it's basically all of Cartoon Network, as their Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game will be coming out in just a couple of weeks.
I mean... I've seen games with long names before. But I think this one wins the overall record. Cryptozoic has announced that their new deck-building card game will be available on November 15th. The name of the game? Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game. Yes, I'm copy/pasting that, because it takes too long to type out Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game when you want to talk about the Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game.
Woo! Saturday! Woo!
As you're reading this, I'm over at the LGS, hanging out and just taking it easy. I'm hoping you're doing much the same (or have done so and are just reading this later, as I am typing this earlier). Either way, I hope you're able to make good use out of the day.

As for reviews. Of course we have those for you.

Today we have: Anachrony, Elo Darkness, Don't Mess With Cthulhu, Dragoon, Test of Honour Samurai Warband, Wreck and Ruin, Lignum, Downforce, Go Nuts for Donuts, Age of Rivals iOS, 1846: Race for the Midwest, Train Heist, and Posthuman.

The all-woman superhero group, the Birds of Prey, are getting their own Crossover Pack for the DC Deck-Building Game. The set also includes a new Rotation mechanic. Cards can be rotated to various orientations on the field, giving players bonuses for controlling them in such a way. So while they may be powerful, be careful for others taking those abilities away from you. The new set is available now.
Game storage is something we all have fought with at some point, I'm sure. This can particularly be troublesome with games that have lots of expansions. You want to have all the parts together, but the original box the game came in might not really be able to hold everything. So you are forced to figure out your own solution. In the case of the DC Deck-Building Game, however, Cryptozoic is helping you out with the Multiverse Box. Though it's more than just a big box to place your cards and expansions, it has its own expansion cards, as well as rules for using all your previous sets together in one.
Well, it seems that Catalyst Game Labs isn't the only company making Master of Orion products. Cryptozoic and Hobby World are also coming out with games based on it. Their game will be available in just a couple weeks.
Who you gonna call?
Well, I'm kinda hungry, so I was thinking about calling for a pizza. But if it's rivers of pink slime that causes people to go crazy, or paintings taking over people, you might just want to call the Ghostbusters. And you'll be able to soon, as Cryptozoic has announced that they are coming out with Ghostbusters: the Board Game II.
One thing about Gen Con is that many companies will have the newest of their releases available for the first time at the show. Want to get a game before it's made it to your LGS? Gen Con's a good place to pick it up. Cryptozoic will certainly have some pre-releases at the show. Like what? Like read on and find out.
It's great to see a Kickstarter game make it to general release. That's what we've got here, as Train Heist, which was originally run on Kickstarter from Tower Guard Games, will be seeing a wide release to gaming outlets via their teaming up with Cryptozoic. In the game, the players must work together to thwart the plans of a corrupt sheriff who is in league with the rich citizens of Notting County who are looking to rip off the other townspeople.
I've heard a lot of good things about the Attack on Titan anime. But, with so many things, I've just not gotten around to watching it. I might just do so, though, as it seems to be a favorite of many of my friends. Also, it might help me with strategy in Attack on Titan: The Last Stand, a new game coming from Cryptozoic and Don't Panic Games that's coming out this month.
I wish I had a chance to watch more Rick & Morty. I've seen several episodes, but need to get them on DVD or something. Though, even with my limited knowledge, I feel I'd still get a kick out of Rick & Morty: Anatomy Park, a new board game coming from Cryptozoic and Cartoon Network (hey, CN, where's my Megas XLR game, eh?).
Villains aren't really known for doing team-ups. Most of the time, they tend to work on their own. But sometimes they realize that they, alone, won't be able to finish their goals like they want. In such times, tenuous alliances have been formed. You get to do just that same thing in The Rogues, the 5th crossover pack for the DC Deck-Building Game from Cryptozoic. It's available now.
Sometimes it's good to be bad. Sure, most games have you playing as the goody-two-shoes heroes. But that can get old after a while. Well, thankfully, there's occasionally times where you get to play as the villains in a game. Cryptozoic is letting you do just that with the next Crossover Pack for the DC Deck-Building Game. It's called Rogues and it's due out this week.
So, I mentioned in the last article that gamers love exclusive swag. You can get that sort of thing via pre-release sets, like in that other article, or you can get them via Organized Play Kits. If you're a fan of the DC Deck-Building Game from Cryptozoic, you'll be excited to know that this summer, you'll have a chance to get some cool, exclusive stuff.
It was a big rock!
Just about everyone I know will get that reference, since we all watched the hell out of the Batman: The Animated Series back in the day. And one of the best episodes of that series was Almost Got 'Im. All the various villains are sitting around, playing cards, talking about times they nearly took out Batman. Now, that episode can come to your tabletops with the Batman: The Animated Series Almost Got 'Im Card Game (bit of a mouthful, that is), available now from Cryptozoic.
Hello Saturday! How are you? Is everything going well? Of course it is! It's Saturday!

So, let's not wait around. Let's get right to the reviews so we can get back to it being Saturday. Personally, I'm thinking of watching a movie and questioning Netflix's algorithms in what "more like this" really means...

Today we have: The Pirate Republic, Kingdomino, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Board Game - Shadows of the Past, Adrenaline, Ave Roma, Hero Realms, Food Truck Champion, Sorcerers' Skirmish, Carcassonne: Amazonas, Oceanos, The Flow of History, Citadels, Broken Legions, Haspelknecht, and GKR: Heavy Hitters.

Long-time readers of TGN know that I love giant robots. At Gen Con this past year, one of the booths I came across was Weta Workshop and their GKR: Heavy Hitters game. The game really caught my attention, especially since GKR stands for "Giant Killer Robots" and all. They had said they were going to launch a Kickstarter to fund their game. Well, it's on now!
Let's get schwifty!
Cryptozoic and Cartoon Network are teaming up to not just bring you one, but two new Rick & Morty tabletop games. One is a tile-laying board game for 2-4 players, while the other is a deck-builder using Cryptozoic's Cerberus Engine.